NEC #CampusTour (SPECIAL Basketball Tip-off Edition)

Bryant

Men – Tim O’Shea and the Bulldogs will travel a long way for their season opener.  Bryant will face Gonzaga for the first time ever on Saturday, November 8 in Spokane. The Bulldogs, who have yet to meet a member of the West Coast Conference, will open against a Top 25 opponent for the second year in a row.  The Zags own a No. 15 preseason ranking. Bryant tipped off the 2012-13 campaign against preseason favorite Indiana at Assembly Hall. Read more.

Women— It’ll be cats and dogs on Saturday, November 9 at the Chace Center. Bryant tips off its second official season as a full-fledged Division I member by hosting the Vermont Catamounts in a 4:00 pm tipoff on NEC Front Row. After the home opener against the America East member, the Bulldogs will play back-to-back road games against Providence (Nov. 12) and Maine (Nov. 16). Bryant’s first seven games are against programs based in the New England region. Read more.

Central Connecticut

Men – Howie Dickenamn’s Blue Devils will tip off the season in the annual Connecticut 6 Classic.  CCSU has a date against intrastate rival, and Ivy League member, Yale on Saturday, November 9 at 5:30 pm. The game will be played at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.  After the opener, CCSU hits the road for a November 13 game at Big Ten member Purdue. Read more.

Women – A trip to the Sunshine State will open the season for Beryl Piper’s Blue Devils.  CCSU will face Central Florida on Friday, November 8 at 6:00 pm before traveling to South Florida for a game on November 10. After playing two in Florida, Central will return to Detrick Gymnasium for the home opener against Rhode Island on November 13. Read more.

Fairleigh Dickinson

Men – It’s the start of something new. The Knights will usher in a new era when they host Caldwell College on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 pm. The contest will mark the first game for first-year head coach Greg Herenda and can be seen live on NEC Front Row.  Following Friday’s contest, the Knights will travel to Hempstead, NY to face Hofstra on Sunday, November 10. Read more.

Women – Pete Cinella’s Knights will host MAAC member Manhattan in the season lid-lifter on Sunday, November 10 in Hackensack. The game, which is slated to tip off at 7:00 pm, will be available live on NEC Front Row. FDU will play its first five games against opponents from the state of New York. A trip to Army followed by home games against Siena, Stony Brook and Columbia all await. Read more.

LIU Brooklyn

Men – Jack Perri’s and the Blackbirds begin their #SoarFor4 campaign on Saturday, November 9 at Barclays Center. The three-time defending NEC champions will tip off against MAAC member Saint Peter’s at 12:00 pm. Then, it’s off to Bloomington for the Blackbirds. They’ll begin play in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project on November 12 at Indiana. Read more.

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Women – The 49th season of LIU Brooklyn women’s hoops opens at the Steinberg Wellness Center on November 8 at 7:00 pm against Ivy League member Columbia. Following the lid-lifter against the NYC rival, LIU will head to MAAC member Rider on November 14. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s

Men – Coming off an 18-14 season and a trip to the NEC Championship Game, Jamion Christian’s Mountaineers begin their attempt at an encore on Friday, November 8 at West Virginia. Mount St. Mary’s is looking to buck a trend in season-opening games.  The Mount has lost its past four season openers, and is just 3-22 in season-opening games since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. They last faced WVU on November 10, 2006, a 50-42 setback. The road doesn’t become any easier after the season opener. They’ll travel to Villanova (Nov. 13) and BYU (Nov. 15) and their first five games will be played away from home. Read more.

Women – The Mount will tip off its 40th season of competition with its second-ever appearance in the Preseason WNIT.  Bryan Whitten’s crew will head to A-10 member Saint Joseph’s for a first round bout on November 8. The team’s Knott Arena debut will come against Davidson on November 12. Read more.

Robert Morris

Men –For the first time since the NIT First Round win over Kentucky, the Colonials Crazies will have a chance to #PackTheChuck. Robert Morris opens the 2013-14 campaign at home against Savannah State on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 pm. The Colonials have a road date scheduled with Patriot League member Lafayette, a former employer of RMU head coach Andy Toole, on November 12. RMU then heads to Eastern Michigan (Nov. 14) to begin play in the Keightley Classic. Read more.

Women – The NEC preseason favorite Colonials and reigning Player of the Year Artemis Spanou will open the 2013-14 slate with their first six games at the Sewall Center.  First, CAA member Hofstra pays a visit to RMU on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 pm. Marshall (Nov. 12), Coppin State (Nov. 17) and UMBC (Nov. 23) will follow, and then, the Colonials will host the RMU Thanksgiving Classic on November 29-30. Read more.

Sacred Heart

Men – The Anthony Latina Era will open with a bout against Fairfield in the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Arena at Harbor Yard.  The Pioneers take on the Stags at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 9 before traveling to Holy Cross (Nov. 13). SHU opens its home schedule against Brown on November 16. Read more.

Women – Jessica Mannetti begins her head coaching career against a Big East opponent on Friday, November 8. St. John’s will visit the Pitt Center for the first-ever meeting between the two programs. SHU will then have more than one week off before resuming the season at Yale on November 16. Mannetti and the Pioneers will face another Big East opponent on November 20 when they host Villanova. Read more.

St. Francis Brooklyn

Men – It’s a late-night tip-off for Glenn Braica’s Terriers on Friday, November 8 in Miami.  St. Francis Brooklyn will square off with the Hurricanes in a game that can be seen on ESPN3 beginning at 10:00 pm EST.  Next, the Terriers will drive up the coast to Boca Raton for a November 11 game at Florida Atlantic. Then, it’s off to Dayton for the Maui Invitational (Mainland Bracket). Read more.

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Women – The next phase of John Thurston’s Terrier Turnaround will begin on Saturday, November 9. Coming off its best season in five years, St. Francis will tip off a new campaign against Penn at Palestra. On November 11, the Terriers will host Army before making the short trip from Brooklyn to Queens to face Big East member St. John’s on November 16. Read more.

Saint Francis

Men – A pair of tradition-rich programs will tip off the season in the Bronx on Friday, November 8 at 8:30 pm on SNY.  Saint Francis will visit A-10 member Fordham, the same program it defeated in the 1991 NCAA Tournament Play-In Game. Then, it’s back to the Keystone State to host Navy at War Memorial Arena in Johnstown on November 11. Read more.

Women – The Red Flash’s first opponent in their 46th season of varsity hoops is No. 13 Penn State.  Saint Francis makes the short trip to State College for the opener on Friday, November 8. SFU was victorious the last time these two teams met in 2006. The Flash won’t play again until November 16 when they host Colgate. Read more.

Wagner

Men – The NEC preseason favorite Seahawks open at Big Ten member Penn State on November 9 at 4:00 pm.  Bashir Mason’s veteran-laden team then returns to State Island for the home opener against Chestnut Hill (Nov. 12). On November 15, the Seahawks will have the chance to knock off a Big East member when they visit fellow NYC inhabitant St. John’s. Read more.

Women – Lisa Cermignano’s second season on Staten Island begins with a home date against SEC member Kentucky. After the opener against the Wildcats on November 10, the Seahawks will play three straight road games – all against local foes. Wagner visits Monmouth (Nov. 14), Iona (Nov. 20) and Seton Hall (Nov. 23). Read more.

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